The Vikings ended up winning handily against the Lions, but that doesn’t mean things went according to plan.
Unless the plan included getting called for 13 penalties for 91 yards, seeing Adrian Peterson fumble twice and having the one-win Lions stay in the game until the early fourth quarter.
Luckily for the Vikings, every time it looked like things were about to head south for them, somebody stepped up and made a play. And most of the time, that somebody was Sidney Rice.
The Vikings’ now-undisputed #1 receiver failed to crack the end zone, but did go over 200 yards on 7 catches, including a trio of huge bombs, the last of which set up the touchdown that put the game away for the Vikes.
AD came up big too, despite the two fumbles, running for 133 yards and two scores.
And Brett Favre didn’t have himself a bad game either, throwing for 344 yards and 1 TD, and posting a 120.5 passer rating.
The defense was led by Ray Edwards, who notched 2 sacks and 3 tackles for loss, and would’ve made the biggest defensive play of the game, vaulting a would-be blocker to hit Matthew Stafford and force a fumble, had he not struck Stafford’s helmet in the process, drawing a penalty.
The overall storyline was simple to sum up: The Vikings kept shooting themselves in the foot, but the Lions were not good enough to capitalize, allowing the Vikings’ playmakers to bail them out, and ultimately deliver the victory.